Where are you today? Luke 2:43-46
Scripture reading for this week: Luke 2:41-52
And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:43-46)
This week we’re looking at the passage where Jesus attended the Passover Feast with his parents, Joseph and Mary. This was a big deal in Jewish life, not only because it was proscribed by God (Exodus 12), it was also training for young men to become the spiritual leaders of their family one day.
But this passover was different. When they began the long journey home (it would have been a four day journey, as it’s approximately eighty miles from Nazareth to Jerusalem), at the end of the first day they discovered that Jesus was nowhere to be found.
There was only one option; go back to Jerusalem and find him! And it took three days to find him – that probably meant one day traveling from Jerusalem with the caravan, another day traveling back to Jerusalem, and a third day looking for Jesus. Three days. Two of them being anxious days, I’m sure. But find him they did, in the most logical place you would expect, in His Father’s house!
I don’t believe this was disobedience or rebellion on Jesus part. I believe this was simply Jesus being where His Father wanted Him to be, doing what His Father wanted Him to do.
See, for Jesus to be with the group returning to Nazareth wasn’t right or wrong. I’m sure that in Joseph and Mary’s mind, it was the place for Jesus to be. But in reality, it wasn’t. God had other plan’s for Jesus, and Jesus was close enough to His Father to recognize that. And obey.
It makes me think of my day that is starting right now. Today… this day. There are a number of places I could go, and a number of things I could do. There are places that other people think I should go, and things other people think I should do.
The question for me is this: Am I close enough to my Heavenly Father to recognize where He wants me to go, and what He wants me to do today?
That’s my prayer for today: “Father, show me where to go, and what to do, and empower me to accomplish all that you set before me.”
We can change the world, one life at a time…